People are just not that into joining, belonging, or being part of communities anymore.
My grandparents belonged to the same church, participated in the same few clubs, and volunteered their time for a couple of worthy causes, and they did this for decades. Now people come and go, so we think people are just not that into joining or belonging the way they used to be.
Look closely, and we find that people are finding their people everywhere.
Civil War reenactors come together during many weekends in the summer to do what they love. Horse enthusiasts gather, quilters collaborate on projects, and collectors get together to display their treasures. There’s Civil Air Patrol, Lions, and scouts. People band together around their favorite musicians, movies, and video games. People find their tribes at a Thursday night volleyball tournament, rock climbing, or through an adventure travel group. Sometimes people feel such affinity for their local zoos, museums, and festivals they donate considerable time and find purpose there. From spiritual organizations to support groups to professionals organizations, people are finding their people.
We display our belonging on t-shirts, in our social media profiles, on tattoos, and bumper stickers.
Joining, belonging, and being part of communities happens all the time all around us.
There’s a myth that people are just not that into joining, belonging, and being part of communities because we are!